With the debate season in full swing, Quentin Unsworth has a lot on his plate. In his 2nd year at Logan High Mr. Unsworth teaches both geography and speech and debate. Starting his career at Sunset Jr. High School, Unsworth got into teaching because he loved history.
Previously working for American Honda, Unsworth decided to move over to teaching because he “struggled to find motivation to go to work everyday.”
“The best part about being a teacher,” Unsworth said, “is that I don’t struggle with that motivation to come to school. I’m excited to come here.”
"He manages to maintain enough sanity to teach freshman classes, which is definitely a struggle all on its own."
Because of his interests, Unsworth first interviewed for the job for both a history and geography teacher. When asked during the interview if he’d be willing to coach anything, Unsworth mentioned he did college debate. After a phone call a couple weeks later, Unsworth was hired to teach and put in as the new debate coach. He says that his favorite part of debate is that he loves the students as well as seeing them grow and learn.
"He is easily one of the most hardworking teachers at this school," senior Victoria Stafford said of Unsworth. "He genuinely cares about his debaters. There's no other teacher who would be willing to sacrifice the vast majority of his weekends for tournaments and drive to Wendy's at 2 in the morning when we're hungry. And on top of all of that, he manages to maintain enough sanity to teach freshman classes, which is definitely a struggle all on its own."
When discussing the difficult side of education, Unsworth said, “Time is a big challenge with me for teaching. It is challenging to balance a speech and debate team of 60 students, geography classes, my own children and their activities. That’s probably the most challenging part, just budgeting and balancing your time.”
Regardless, Unsworth still loves teaching. “It’s stressful, my anxiety level is through the roof 9 out of 10 days, but I love being here, and that first day of student teaching when I was done, I never really had anything happen like that in my life … nothing else has really just hit me like a ton of bricks, like this what you should do with your life.”
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